Kate Simon

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When the summer sun sits high in the sky, is there anywhere better to be than in the bucolic surroundings of a beautiful garden? Perhaps you just fancy nosing around someone else's flowerbeds in search of inspiration for your own little Eden, or you're just keen to enjoy the heady fragrance of blooms in the warm air and the soft cushion of a well-tended lawn beneath your feet. Take your pick from this selection of five of the best to see around the UK - each has been matched with a nearby stopover boasting its own own enchanting green space.
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nursery

These delightful cottage gardens have been lovingly nurtured over the past 40 years. Wander about the gorgeous spaces, themed by scent and colour, and take a stroll along The Avenue, a 66ft-long double herbaceous border bursting with trees, shrubs and grasses. Stillingfleet doubles as an inspirational setting for occasional workshops, featuring subjects such as pruning trees and understanding clematis.

The Old School House

Just along the road from Ness Botanic Gardens, this two-room B&B doesn't just offer visitors on the garden trail a handy stopover. This pretty Victorian house has its own beautiful patch of land to enjoy, too, in the shape of a walled garden. Book the double room to get direct access to the lovely flower-filled space.

Mount Ephraim Country House & Gardens

The Edwardian gardens at Mount Ephraim offer plenty of excitement for the adventurous green-fingered visitor. Take inspiration from the Japanese rock garden, which leads to a series of pools crossed by stone bridges. Admire the artistry of the birds and animals shaped in the Topiary garden. And play in the Mizmaze, a labyrinth created from tall grasses and wildflowers.

Trelissick Garden

Take a stroll around this enchanting garden on a peninsula in the Fal estuary. It's a tranquil space where gardeners can admire how nature has blended the visions of the various owners since the 1930s. The real delight is the 20-acre elevated garden in the clasp of these wooded valleys, a multi-level celebration of nature through the four seasons, featuring rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and more.

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